Flat Shoals/I-285 roadwork completion delayed - to 2019

This is "Actual Factual DeKalb," a regular column in which I answer reader questions about goings-on and history in DeKalb County.

This time, everyone is wondering the same thing: when will roadwork at Flat Shoals Road and I-285 ever end? Ever?

Among the readers to ask about it was Tracy, who posed: "Why was the I-85 bridge re-built in six weeks, but the bridge at Flat Shoals Road and I-285 is going past 2 years? I had my first accident in 28 years in this mess."

It’s a reasonable question, considering the project was supposed to be done by September. Instead, the Georgia Department of Transportation confirms it will be more like February 2019.

The reason for the delay, according to GDOT, is two water mains, which will have to be moved from under the road. GDOT says it’s working on ways to expedite the construction.

The agency has a website with an extensive frequently-asked-questions section, which actually addresses Reader Tracy's question:

“There are many factors as to why the I-285 at Flat Shoals project can’t be completed as fast as the I-85 bridge replacement, they include:

  • There was no underground construction for the I-85 bridges
  • There were no unanticipated utility conflicts on the I-85 bridges
  • The I-85 project was completely closed to traffic, so traffic control measures were not needed
  • The I-285 @ Flat Shoals interchange project is a newly constructed, wider bridge with a different footprint than what was originally there.
  • The I-85 bridges kept the same footprint.”

— I am a staff writer with the AJC and a proud DeKalb County resident. To submit “Actual Factual DeKalb” questions, contact me at joshua.sharpe@ajc.com@JoshuaWSharpe on Twitter or via the form below.

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